Since on-campus classes and activities were canceled about a month ago, many students now find themselves completing the semester at home. Luckily, many on-campus resources are still readily accessible online. Whether students need a tutor, a mock interview, counseling or library access, the Harding staff wants to help.
One of the largest resources available is the Brackett Library. With an online catalog of over 180 databases, students can access a variety of topics. If the online database does not have what is needed, students may fill out a form for an interlibrary loan; the library staff will scan articles and book chapters from the material collection. Students can access these forms and databases on the library website. Jean Waldrop, library director, said several jobs were reallocated to provide scanning requests.
“We had 68 requests come in over a period of three days where students needed chapters from their textbooks,” Waldrop said. “The library staff first looked to see if we could purchase a copy in e-book format that provided unlimited users. If that was not available, then we contacted publishers if needed for copyright permission, and then provided digital copies.”
The writing center has also been reformatted to provide online support. Nathan Henton, writing center director, said student workers are now taking online appointments, which can be scheduled through the writing center tab on the Harding website. Follow the link for scheduling appointments, create a free account and select one of the available 30-minute time slots. The only change is using a video platform instead of meeting in person.
“Whenever it says that we’re open [on the website], whatever those hours, somebody is sitting at a terminal or somewhere waiting on somebody to say, ‘Hey, I need help,’ and we’re all over it,” Henton said.
For classwork beyond writing, Academic Resource Services provides tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI) and academic coaching. Students can submit peer-to-peer tutoring requests through Pipeline under the campus services tab and schedule appointments via email following request approval. For information on SI and academic coaching, students are encouraged to email the Academic Resource Services office.
Students preparing for internships and jobs after graduation are not alone either; the Center for Professional Excellence (CPE) is available online for mock interviews, resume revisions, job searches and graduate school applications. The CPE social media pages contain information on possible internships and job openings, and students can schedule mock interviews or appointments through the center’s Handshake profile.
“My concern would be with students being new to working remotely,” CPE Director Brian Harrington said. “Students will need to be more diligent in checking email during this time. We realize many students are feeling anxious about the current situation, and we are here to help.”
For students who are stressed, anxious or just in need of a conversation, the Counseling Center now offers appointments in a telehealth format. Life can be uncertain right now, but there are resources to help. The center’s email address and phone number are located
under the student life tab on the Harding website, as well as a list of supplemental helplines and websites.